The 87th Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday Night, February 22nd, 2015. Below were my predictions for the winners in the major categories. The actual winners were filled in after the Oscars are announced.
For some reason last year I didn’t post my annual predictions and telecast commentary, nor do I even remember who hosted or much of the ceremony apart from the fact that 12 Years a Slave rightfully won Best Picture (a rare cosmic convergence of The Davies and Oscars). I think I may have been flying up to Canada for work that Sunday night.
At any rate, after last year’s hiatus, The Spin on the Oscars is back! Neil Patrick Harris is hosting, leaving me feeling uninspired for the ceremony to break from the norm. Musical numbers. A few gay jokes. A few empty political references.
As far as the races, there’s actually a pretty good one for best picture – and if the Academy does their famous Picture/Director split, which way that goes (Boyhood or Birdman?) could also have downstream impact to Best Original Screenplay.
I might also try live Tweeting snarky or non-sensical remarks (most likely ten to fifteen minutes past relevance) during the telecast, so follow us on Twitter @schleicherspin or better yet follow @pattonoswalt as he’s way funnier than me at this stuff.
Neil Patrick had a few good puns but was way too theater-ish for a dreadfully long broadcast begging for a comedian.
There were some genuine surprises amidst the predictable in major and minor categories (see below) but the Birdman flew highest showing yet again that the Academy loves to love themselves.
The funniest tweet of the night came from Patton Oswalt and wasn’t really about the Oscars at all but instead was a mind blowing suggestion that House of Cards might actually be Christopher Nolan’s version of Foghorn Leghorn – a thought I never dared to dream. He later suggested that Matthew McConaughey had killed a railroad hobo for his hair (ha!)
I scored a subpar 15/24 in my family Oscar pool and lost out to my brother thanks to all the upsets.
A popular and potentially controversial host and popular films in tight races should give Oscar a ratings boost this year.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday Night, February 24th, 2013. Below were my predictions for the winners in the major categories. The actual winners were filled in after the Oscars were announced.
Here’s hoping first time host Seth MacFarlane treats the gig as if it will be his one and only shot and goes for the jugular. Great mock-musical numbers seem inevitable, but his usual brand of gross and absurd insult pop-mockery comedy will more than likely be criminally toned down unless he adopts a devil-may-care attitude and taunts the producers. I have a hunch the guy will take things surprisingly seriously (with polished laughs and one or two insults that fall flat) and there will likely be far too many Ted gags.
With MacFarlane as host and an unusually tight race in some of the major categories, this could be one of the more interesting years to watch. Argo seems the odds-on favorite despite some historical precedence working against it. I still think Silver Linings Playbook could upset and score Best Picture and Director, but I’m not betting on it, and my heart belongs to Lincoln. Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor are especially tough calls this year.
Seth MacFarlane was okay…but Daniel Day Lewis got the biggest laughs of the night
The overall telecast was painfully long (even more so than usual) and kept alive only by the live Tweeting I followed (thanks @PattonOswalt, the fake @Michael_Haneke, et al!)
There were a few genuine surprises (Christoph Waltz, Quentin Tarantino and Ang Lee) though none that I could say I was actually pleased by
Ann Hathaway gave the most disingenuous speech
Jennifer Lawrence gave the shortest, cutest speech
Weird guys with long blond hair rocked the tech categories
Affleck got all teary-eyed as a winning producer making it sound like getting snubbed for a directing nod or staring in Gigli were akin to having overcome genuine hardship #HollywoodProblems
I scored 16/24 (okay, but not great) in my family Oscar pool
On yonder eve the third of October and subsequent eves henceforth totalling thrice, the electorate will listen and watch with bated breath as…
Sir Willard Mittenton T. Romney IV of the Celestial Kingdom debates…
Lord Barackus T. Hussein Obama Jr. of the Incumbency…
…for the opportunity to serve this great nation in the high office of the Presidency.
And regardless of the victor of these great debates…there is but one truth to illuminate the masses…
IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR DRINK ON!
Consider this, dear compatriots in libations, to be a living document. Provide at will your best suggestions and most opportune and timely rules to be added to the games in the comments section so that we might all partake in drunken sloppiness and hangovers knowing that in our hearts we played the games to their fullest.
The Academy got at least one thing right this year...Billy Crystal is back, baby!
The 84th Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday Night, February 26th, 2012. Below were my predictions for the winners in the major categories. The actual winners were filled in after the Oscars were announced.
It was nice to have Billy Crystal back – he was funny though a shadow of his former golden self. It was a fairly snooze-inducing night with no big surprises except for maybe the tinny microphones (an ironic sound design defect during a show that lavished undeserved gifts upon a silent film) and I eagerly switched over to The Walking Dead on AMC at 11pm.
I scored a strong 17/24 in my family Oscar pool. In the only categories I gave a damn about, I was 1 for 2 as A Separation took home a well-deserved statue for Best Foreign Language Film while Emmanuel Lubezki was royally robbed in the cinematography category for The Tree of Life by the guy from Hugo. Continue reading →
Seriously, guys, I have to give this speech...now?
If I were President Obama, I wouldn’t want to get on national television on Tuesday night. The more the media focuses on the current Republican Presidential Primaries, the better he looks. He’s best out of the spotlight right now, but it is his duty…and tradition…so the show must go on at 9pm EST Tuesday, January 24, 2012.
Oh, how we’re all enjoying the dog (Santorum) and pony (Romney) and rabid wolf dog (Newt) and radically libertarian anti-war horse (Ron Paul) show that is the Republican primary season. Heck, I’ve been so wrapped up in the raucous roller-coaster comedy of miss-manners that I have no idea what Obama is going to talk about this year. Jobs? Sure. Gridlock? Check. The economy is in the midst of a mild recovery on paper (unemployment slightly down, job creation slight up) but it’s not enough to change the sentiments of the populace who are still feeling the full aches and pains of the recession. Or maybe he’ll take about the season finale of his favorite TV show, Homeland? (Seriously, are you watching that show yet? The season finale was off the chains, yo!) Continue reading →
Anne Hathaway and James Franco are wondering, too, how they got the gig.
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday Night, February 27th, 2011. Below were my predictions for the winners in the major categories. The actual winners were filled in after the Oscars were announced.
There were no real surprises this year. Anne Hathaway did her best, but to no avail, next to lifeless co-host James Franco, who appeared as if he hadn’t even shown up for rehearsal and couldn’t care less that he was there. Next year, Academy, give us a comedian. The speeches were nothing special, though who would’ve thought that of the two, Melissa Leo would’ve out “bat-shitted” Christian Bale? Meanwhile, after batting under .500 in my predictions last year, I rebounded nicely by scoring 16/24 correctly and regained my family Oscar pool crown. Continue reading →
President Obama looks over the speech one last time to see if they can fit in any more allusions to Graham Greene or Terrence Malick to make Dave happy.
In the words of Bob Dylan, the times they are a changing.
It’s amazing what the other party regaining power in Congress and one rousing and comforting speech in the wake of a tragedy can do for a guy’s approval ratings. After quoting everything from the Bible to the trailer for Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life in his Tuscon Speech (which served as a Hail Mary pass that will be left hanging in the air until 2012), Obama looks to get back down to it with his highly anticipated and much ballyhooed State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, January 25th and 9pm EST.
Gone are the days of crazy-eyed blinking Pelosi, and now sitting next to Biden and his comb-over behind the President will be Sooki-colored blubbering Boehner. Apparently out on the floor those kooky tea partiers, blue dogs, and bleeding hearts will be mixin’ it up, sittin’ all up in each others’ pieces singin’ kumbaya. Ah, political theater. Ain’t it grand?
All eyes will be on the Prez, and there ain’t nuthin’ to do in times likes these but get your drink on. Continue reading →
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday Night, March 7th, 2010. Below were my predictions for the winners in the major categories. The actual winners were filled in after the Oscars are announced.
Well, I scored a personal worst of only 11/24 this year (after a record shattering personal best score of 18/24 last year), but I’ve never been happier to have been so wrong. The right film actually won for the first time since, well, I don’t know when!
Highlights of the evening included:
A few genuine surprises in the screenplay categories and for foreign language film.
Hosts (Baldwin and Martin) who were actually funny.
No musical numbers spare for the humorous opening! (Though there was an annoying dance number for the best score nominees)
The humility, humor, and quiet heartbreak of Sandra Bullock who knew she did not deserve to win but was so sincerely thankful.
The humility of Kathryn Bigelow who knew she deserved to win (and made history in doing so) but also knew there are more important things and more important people to honor than films and filmmakers.